About the property
- House2800 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay4 - 7 nights
4 bedrooms, 2 bath, pool table, pet friendly, close to beach
If you are looking for the original Outer Banks experience, before all the people arrived, where wild horses walk the beaches, where the milky way stretches out overhead at night, where dolphins are a daily experience, where paved roads are a distant memory, and the ebb and flow of life moves with the tides and the natural rhythms of the barrier island and ocean, then our cottage is exactly what you have been searching for.
We are nestled just far enough back from the beach so that the sound of all the excitement during the day fades away. But, we are close enough that you can have your toes in the sand and find yourself staring out across blue horizons in less than two minutes. Nestled back in the live oaks and loblolly pines, our beach home provides seclusion and privacy with easy access to the beach.
The house itself is four bedrooms with three upstairs and one down stairs. There is a large sunroom off the front of the house that is perfect for having coffee in the mornings and reading a book. The kitchen has an incredible amount of counter space, cabinets, and all the accoutrements that you would expect to find at home. The living room is quite spacious, and has two couches and an oversized chair for watching movies and Direct TV on the flat screen.
Outside you will find a roof top deck that offers privacy and full sun for getting rid of tan lines. The deck below offers a view into the canopy of the trees, and is a great place for lounging outdoors but out of the sun. On the ground floor, there is a screened in porch with an overhead fan, complete with a large hot tub (or spa if you prefer that name instead) that is serviced twice a week, and cushioned chairs for maximum relaxation.
No true beach cottage would be complete without an outdoor shower of course, or an outdoor sink and fish cleaning station. Just beyond that sink, you will find a permanent charcoal grill and a pick nick table perfect for cooking out and enjoying time with the family. And of course, we cannot forget about the outdoor fire pit.
Let’s be honest with ourselves. Sometimes, you just don’t feel like going to the beach, or grilling out, or lounging around in the hot tub, or sitting on the crow’s nest sipping drinks at night under the stars. For those times, downstairs you will find a large room complete with a pool table, bar, television, couch, chairs, and radio.
We are located just 10 short miles from the town of Corolla. Ten miles of driving along the shoreline, watching pelicans dive, the fins of dolphins ply the waves and water, and breathing in the salt air. In Corolla there are numerous restaurants such as North Banks and Mike and Diane’s. Coffee shops such as The Shack. Bakeries such as Northern Lights. And the coolest pub on the entire Outer Banks, the Beer Garden – which is set outside beneath a two-hundred-year-old live oak with live music.
Sweet Retreat: paradise found.
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About Linda Lloyd
We are a husband and wife, dynamic duo. Barry and I met when we were in the 8th grade and became neighborhood friends.The friendship turned to love and we married in 1973...We have been married for 45 years and have had many adventures through the years..one of which was buying and refurbishing the cottage that you are about to rent. I retired from teaching middle school after 42 years and Barry retired from a power company where he was a lead lineman. We have a son , Jared who is a professional wildlife photographer and has his own business providing photography workshops around the world for those who want to photograph certain animals..Check him out at jaredlloydphotography.com. He is amazing. Our daughter Danielle is studying to become a nurse and has a bright future.She will make a great nurse with her kind and caring heart.We are proud of both our children.
Linda Lloyd purchased this House in 1999
Why Linda Lloyd chose Corolla
Barry and I had been coming to Carova for many years – long before this house came onto the scene. It was a different world back then of course. One of freedom impossible to measure by today's standards. Giant bonfires on the beach, with driftwood and other materials mixed in, with flames that reached to the heavens was a wonderful experience in the eyes of our children..., Jared and Danielle.. Our summers were filled with helping to pull in gill nets with Jared's Honda 200sx four-wheeler, then plucking bluefish, spot, and croaker from those nets.... followed by a fish fry where everyone .was welcome. Many hours were spend on the lovely, wide clean beaches of Carova , soaking up sun and playing games beside the blue Atlantic Ocean. Like many folks then, our family used to camp on the beach and on friend’s property. We helped build cabins and likewise stayed in other people’s hand built shacks behind the dunes. But finally a true blessing came our way when we saw that this cottage was for sale. When our family purchased this house, it was as if all of our memories and experiences suddenly found roots in the shifting sands of this barrier island spit. All of the days and nights camped in beach chairs with towels thrown over us for blankets had been nothing more than a baptismal experience, one that kind of served as a right of passage back then. Finally we had a real home in Carova Beach. After much thought, I named our home SWEET RETREAT which what it really was to us!! This house was deemed the perfect addition to the family. Close to the beach, but back in the maritime forest so as to be protected from storms. We repaired and re modeled almost the entire house and made it the LLOYD cottage. Many hours of hard work produced a warm and inviting place that we called HOME. Nothing could beat the feeling of excitement that the family felt after a week of work and school ...when we were on our way to Carova for a weekend of rest, relaxation and fun.
What makes this House unique
By day, this house provides access to what everyone considers to be the most unique stretch of the Outer Banks left. A place without pavement, where wild horses roam, and old shipwrecks can still be found on the beach after storms. And all the while providing easy access to the town of Corolla with its restaurants, pubs, shopping, and civilized benefits of a resort community.
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It we secluded and quiet
A good place to stay with everything you need to cook and stay in if that's what you want to do. Family had a good time.
Would highly recommend!!
I concur with the previous reviewers. Linda is great to work with, answers questions quickly and makes sure that you are well taken care of. The house has all of the amenities that you need. We had ages 2 to 53 and ALL had a great time. The icemaker in the fridge looks small but it kept all of us in ice for the week. If you do happen to run out though, the fire station sells ice for $3 and they are very friendly people as well. The beach was perfect. If you like big waves go at high tide. If you like more calm waters, go at low tide. We did not have a 4-wheel drive, just a Suburban but we let most of the air out of the tires and we made it just fine driving on the beach. The conditions do change somewhat from day to day though. We loved seeing the horses and would certainly consider staying here again.
I wish there were more stars to give - incredible experience
We were absolutely blown away by this experience, the cottage and its gracious owner Linda. It was truly an adventure but at the same time provided much needed R&R! It is so fun to feel like you have your own private compound but you can still venture into town for a great dinner or to go sightseeing. We already want to book for next year because it was that great. First, the house is super clean and thoughtfully arranged with many areas for relaxing and conversation. There is much more space inside than the pictures show, inside and out. The upper deck overlooks the peaceful sandy beach neighborhood and of course there are wild horses roaming around which is really something to see. You will notice lots of paid tours going through Carova for the wild horses but staying here you'll see them all the time. The yard has great privacy and space for kids, our dog loved it. They have a fire pit and outdoor games too. Being in Carova is something everyone should experience, it is such a great place to connect with nature and disconnect from stress. The house has great WiFi and new flat screen tv's, we enjoyed the pool table in the basement. The whole place was super clean and the bedrooms were very comfortable. I was also very happy that there is a big kitchen with plenty of tools and everything you need. We cooked a lot so this was very nice. The local fire station sells ice cream, toys and souvenirs which wr loved. Additionally, when you stay here you just take your 4x4 vehicle right to the beach, park and you essentially have your own strip of private beach because everyone respects your space and they are spread out. Talk about relaxing! Linda was amazing to work with and I feel like I've made a friend for life - she is an incredible woman. I've never dealt with anyone so kind and caring. My father and I are disabled and being able to park at the beach and not walk much made all the difference. Everyone we have told about the trip wishes they could have been there. Overall our whole family agrees this was a huge blessing, a one of a kind vacation and we can't wait to go back!
The property owner Linda is great to work with. The house is nice and has all the amenities you'll need. We really enjoyed the beach and quality family time. One morning we saw horses grazing just below the deck. All of the other beach goers seemed nice and courteous.
Thanks again Linda
This was an amazing family vacation! We were able to have internet access on our laptop, but due to the kids not having continuous wi-fi it allowed a lot of family time in the evenings to play board games, go for walks, play pool, and actually spend quality time with our teenagers! We all loved seeing the wild horses daily on the beach. The owners were absolutely wonderful to work with. Linda was always quick to respond and answer any questions we had. I would recommend this property to anyone wanting a relaxing, fun family vacation. Thank you Linda for such a wonderful experience!
Our family experience for many years!
We love the privacy and the owners whom are so wonderful, such a tranquil place only to be greeted by the local animals, horses and "Mucky" and "Jack' the local dogs whom visit daily. to friend OUR dog "Buddy" Lovely location, hated to ever leave. We have been there for several years and would not chose anywhere different, Thanks Linda.........................It is well maintained, clean and would recommend this to anyone! The owner is awesome and provides ALL that is needed
Carova Beach is the place that time forgot. Life here is much like it was on the Outer Banks back in the 1950’s – well, that is if there was high speed internet and Wi-Fi back then. To even get here, you must first leave the pavement and the frantic nature of resort towns behind you. From there, you drive the beach, the blue waters of the Atlantic on one side of you, towering dunes on the other. And don’t forget to keep a keen eye out for bottlenose dolphins as they can be found playing in our surf year round. Some people call it the last frontier of the Outer Banks. Others simply call it paradise. This is the local’s beach, where those that live on the Banks come to escape the crowds. Vacationing in Carova is nothing like vacationing on the rest of the Outer Banks. This is an adventure. This is where you come to truly escape. To walk the beach in the morning collecting shells and sea glass. To watch wild horses that have made these islands their home since the first days of European exploration and have eked out a living among the dunes and live oaks for some 500 years. This is where you vacation for the real OBX experience. Where you are bordered by national wildlife refuges to the south and a state park to the north, and the only real concern you face is whether or not your remembered to bring the salt to the beach for your margaritas. Going to the beach here is different that points down south. There is no parking lot for you to file into, and there is no need to try and figure out how to carry beach chairs, coolers, towels, fishing rods, boogie boards, and beer. Here, its simpler than that. In Carova, you simply drive out onto the beach and find your piece of island to relax for the day. The beauty of Carova does not end with edge of the sea and your toes in the sand. On the north end of the beach is False Cape State Park with 10 miles of uninhabited island, with no cars, no people, no houses. If walking the beach at sunrise is not your thing, there are miles and miles of hiking trails through the live oak forests. To the west is the Currituck Sound. There is a public park with a boat ramp perfect for launching kayaks from to explore the labyrinth of creeks that weave their way through the marshes. Carova was once bordered by not one, but two inlets. When those inlets shoaled up and closed back in the 1800s, the sandbars in those inlets began to green up with marsh, creating one of the top kayaking destinations on the Outer Banks today. To the south is the Currituck Beach National Wildlife Refuge and the Currituck Banks National Estuarine Reserve. You drove through both of these as you came north to Carova. Although there are not trails through the National Wildlife Refuge, this is a vast stretch of protected and uninhabited barrier island where wildlife abounds and shorebirds nest where the ocean has blown out the dunes. The Currituck Banks Estuarine Reserve is different. Here, people are quite welcome and hiking trails abound and wild horses are plentiful. To put it plainly, Carova Beach is for people who are looking for a real opportunity to escape. This is for nature lovers. For people with a sense of adventure. For those looking to break out of the mold of packaged Outer Banks vacations found everywhere else on these barrier islands. And its just 10 short miles away from pubs, and lighthouses, and coffee shops, and shopping down in Corolla. Your typical day at Carova might include driving out to the beach at sunrise, watching the silhouettes of dolphins as they fish, and pelicans as they dive. You might take this opportunity to cruise down to the town of Corolla as the sun comes up over the horizon in order to swing in to Lighthouse Bagels for breakfast. Afterword, heading back to the beach, you will naturally want to stop by The Shack coffee shop, or Northern Lights Bakery for coffee and espresso. From mid-morning through the afternoon, you can lay around on the beach. Since you drive out on the beach, there is no need to figure out how to carry everything. Coolers, chairs, umbrellas, kayaks, you name it, it comes with you. You tan, you listen to music, you grill out, you surf, you swim, you sleep, you read, and you drink in the beauty of a blue horizon as the waves roll in. At night, you cook hamburgers on the grill, or fresh sea trout you caught off the beach. Or head down to North Banks in Corolla for dinner. And no vacation to these northern beaches would be complete without stopping into the Beer Garden afterward. This place is legendary. An outdoor bar set beneath a two hundred year old live oak. The mood is set with lighting strung through the branches of the tree, and live music playing under the stars. Carova. It really is paradise found.
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